By Professor Philip H Highfill Jr PhD, Professor Kalman A Burnim PhD, Edward A. Langhans
An incredible venture started in 1973 reaches its end with the e-book of volumes 15 and sixteen of the Biographical Dictionary, a sequence thought of "a reference paintings of the 1st order" via Theatre and acting Arts Collections.Among performers highlighted in those final volumes is Catherine Tofts, a talented singer whose well known acclaim used to be captured in strains through Samuel Phillips: "How are we pleas’d whilst beauteous Tofts appears, / To thieve our Souls via our attentive Ears?’ / Ravish’d we take heed to th’ inchanting track, / And seize the falling Accents from her Tongue." the 1st singer of English beginning to grasp the shape of Italian opera, Tofts usually gained prime roles over local Italian singers. Her salary—?400 to ?500 a season—was one of many optimum within the theatre. Her reputation declined, even though, as her calls for for money increased—a state of affairs captured in an epigram Alexander Pope can have penned: "So vibrant is thy attractiveness, so fascinating thy music, / As had drawn either the beasts and their Orpheus along; / yet such is thy avarice, and such is thy delight, / That the beasts should have starved, and the poets have died."John Vanbrugh, whose play The Relapse is ranked as the most effective comedies of the recovery interval, turned a subordinate crown architect below Sir Christopher Wren in 1702. In 1703, Vanbrugh begun plans for the Queen’s Theatre within the Haymarket, an firm recommended by means of the equipment Cat membership (of which Vanbrugh was once a member). although his lavish layout was once acoustically faulty, restructuring helped right the matter and the theatre finally turned the unique middle for opera in London.
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Extra info for A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Volume 15, Tibbett to M. West: Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers, and Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800
One of Swiney's friends in Venice was Joseph Smith. On 25 April 1712 the Daily Courant in London was able to report from Venice: An English Gentlewoman named Mrs. Tofts hath been much applauded here for her fine singing, wherein she hath succeeded all the excellent voices on the stage of Venice. This lady hath sung in all the great Assemblies that were held at the Electoral Prince of Saxony's, and Signor Grimani hath endeavoured by all means to prevail upon her to remain here to sing in the Theatre of Chrysostome, but it is believed she will rather chuse to return to her own Country, and the rather seeing the Opera's at London are better served at present than any in Europe.
At the Haymarket in the summer of 1794 she acted a few of her regular parts, as she did in the summers of 1795 and 1796. Over the years she also performed away from London. She acted in Brighton in the summer of 1788 and in Liverpool in September 1791 and apparently in earlier summers. She was evidently in Manchester in 1806. Hildebrand in his biography of Edmund Kean collected most of what is known about Charlotte Tidswell's private life, for early sources used sometimes contradictory information about the parentage of Keaninformation gained from Miss Tidswell herself.
1702], Stroller. Two John Tillys, Senior and Junior, were listed in the Post Man of 8 September 1702 as required to pay town constables 2s. daily when they performed. Tilly, John Jr [fl. 1702], stroller. See TILLY, JOHN. Tilman. See TILLMAN. Tilson, Gertrude. See MAHON, MRS GILBERT. " See FOOTE, SAMUEL. "Timbertoe, Mons" [fl. 17521754], dancer. " At the Haymarket in 175253 Timbertoe offered a hornpipe on several occasions. On 7 March 1754 at the Haymarket there was dancing by ''The Great New Timbertoe," who may or may not have been the same performer.